BUILD YOUR OWN LIGHTSABER DISNEY: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR AN AMAZING TIME

If you’re a big Star Wars fan (or a parent of one), there’s no better place to be than Walt Disney World! The Walt Disney Company has brought the galaxy far, far away to the Disney Parks in Florida so you can walk among the Jedi and try your hand at piloting the Millennium Falcon. Plus, you can even partake in building your own custom lightsabers!

Building your own lightsaber at Disney is a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found in a few locations, and each offers very different lightsaber-building experiences. If you want to build your own lightsaber, Disney is the place to be.

Here’s everything you need to know to build your own lightsaber at Disney!

BUILD YOUR OWN LIGHTSABER DISNEY: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR AN AMAZING TIME

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SAVI’S WORKSHOP HANDBUILT LIGHTSABERS EXPERIENCE

Savi’s Workshop is the most immersive lightsaber-building experience in the Disney Parks. You can find it in Disney’s Star Wars-themed land in Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – though, you’ll have to know where you’re going!

The land is designed to make you feel as if you’ve stepped onto the planet of Batuu (a Star Wars planet created exclusively for the Disney Parks), and Savi’s Workshop is hidden among the Black Spire Outpost shops so that the First Order cannot find it.

The lightsaber building experience does require a reservation, so you’ll want to arrive on time and check in with the “Gatherers” (a.k.a. the Cast Members that work at Savi’s Workshop). The Gatherers will show you four different hilt themes for your custom lightsaber when you first arrive. You’ll need to choose one and will then be given a cloisonné pin (which you get to keep) to designate that theme for other Gatherers inside before you enter.

Custom lightsaber hilt themes include Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, and Protection and Defense. The theme you choose will determine what parts you can choose from to build your lightsaber in the workshop, so choose wisely! Peace and Justice includes “salvaged scraps from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships,” and Power and Control features pieces “originally forged by dark side warriors.” Elemental Nature includes parts that embody the Force — like Brylark trees, Cartusion whale bones, and Rancor teeth — and Protection and Defense features parts that “bear mysterious motifs and inscriptions.”

Once inside the workshop, a Gatherer will lead the group through the building process and share some insight into the Force and what it takes to forge a lightsaber. Each builder first chooses a kyber crystal (which will determine the color of the lightsaber blade), and then goes through the process of piecing together the lightsaber with sleeves, an emitter, a pommel cap, and an activation plate and switch. There are multiple designs of each to choose from to make your lightsaber unlike anyone else’s!

After all of the builders have created their lightsaber hilt, everyone will participate in a small ceremony where the hilt is connected to a 31” lightsaber blade and you get to activate it for the first time. With a highly themed workshop, Cast Members who are more like actors, music, lighting, and a Star Wars atmosphere that you can only find in Disney World, this experience is entirely immersive. You just might feel as if you’ve walked into the middle of a Star Wars movie yourself!  If you’re looking to build your own lightsaber Disney does it perfectly here.

BUILD YOUR OWN LIGHTSABER STATIONS

If you’re looking for a faster (and much cheaper) way to build a lightsaber, you can check out the build-your-own lightsaber stations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs. At Hollywood Studios, the build-your-own lightsaber station can be found in Tatooine Traders (which is the gift shop at the exit of the Star Tours attraction). Whereas, at Disney Springs, the station is located in the Star Wars Trading Post gift shop.

The build-your-own lightsaber stations are much less immersive, but allow you to customize a lightsaber by picking out all the parts. Unlike Savi’s Workshop, everyone receives the same style hilt to begin with and then you customize it by choosing an emitter and end cap from multiple options at the station. There are also four different blade colors including blue, red, green, or purple that will attach to the hilt.

Reservations are not required to build a lightsaber at these stations, as they are just a small portion of a gift shop rather than an immersive building experience. Due to this, it is also a much more affordable option. 

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Q&A

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD YOUR OWN LIGHTSABER?

The Savi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsaber Experience costs $219.99 per lightsaber, plus tax (though, this is subject to change). This price includes the building experience, all the custom pieces that you choose, and a carrying case. You’ll also want to note that you may end up paying even more for your custom lightsaber, though. More customization items can be bought at the neighboring store, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, after your building experience.

The Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations are significantly cheaper than Savi’s Workshop, costing $29.99 for a single-blade lightsaber and $44.99 for a dual-blade lightsaber. Annual passholder and other affinity group discounts can be applied for the Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations. So you could end up with a custom lightsaber for even less here, whereas Savi’s Workshop does not accept any discounts.

WHAT LIGHTSABER PARTS ARE INCLUDED?

At Savi’s Workshop, every guest receives 1 kyber crystal, 1 hilt, 2 sleeves, 1 emitter, 1 pommel cap, 1 set of activation plates and switches, a 31” lightsaber blade, and a lightsaber carrying case with their purchase. The kyber crystal comes in four different colors including red, blue, green, or violet, and you’ll need to choose one at the beginning of your experience. 

You’ll also have more parts to choose from during your building experience, with designs that depend on which hilt theme you choose (including Power and Control, Peace and Justice, Elemental Nature, or Protection and Defense). And, if you’d like to customize your lightsaber even more, you can shop at the neighboring store, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Just keep in mind that these parts are not included and come at an additional cost.

At the Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations, the price includes one or two lightsaber blade(s) colored blue, red, green, or purple, a hilt, an emitter, and an end cap. There are more options for the emitters and end caps to choose from compared to Savi’s Workshop, though all of the pieces are plastic compared to the higher quality metal at the workshop.

WHERE ARE THE BUILD-YOUR-OWN LIGHTSABER EXPERIENCES LOCATED?

Savi’s Workshop is located in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can find it between Droid Depot and Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Keep in mind that you will need a Park Pass Reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Savi’s Workshop in order to participate in the experience.

Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations can be found in Tatooine Traders at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Star Wars Trading Post in Disney Springs. Tatooine Traders is at the exit of the Star Tours attraction and the Star Wars Trading Post is in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs. You do not need a ticket to Disney Springs — it is open to the public.

HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?

Reservations for Savi’s Workshop can be made online or on the My Disney Experience app up to 60 days in advance. Same-day reservations may be available up to 2 hours in advance and walk-ins are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Check with the Cast Members at the workshop if you are unable to secure a reservation in advance.

Along with your reservation for Savi’s Workshop, you’ll also need to make a Park Pass Reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is free and can be done immediately after purchasing your park ticket. Just visit Disney’s website or use the My Disney Experience app to book your day at the park.

Note that reservations are not required for the Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations. To do this, just show up at the store and head to the station! A Cast Member will be available to guide you through the process regardless of what time you choose to build.

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I BUDGET FOR THE EXPERIENCE?

Between the ceremony, build, and activation, the Savi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsaber Experience usually lasts between 15-20 minutes. You’ll also want to budget some time for choosing your theme and waiting for your reservation time, so estimate that it will take about 30 minutes out of your day.

The Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations are a quicker option, lasting anywhere from 5-15 minutes. The amount of time greatly depends on how quickly your kiddo can decide on what parts they want. You’ll be able to begin building as soon as you arrive and will then check out once you’ve built your lightsaber.

HOW OLD SHOULD KIDS BE FOR EACH EXPERIENCE?

Disney recommends that kids be at least 5 years or older to participate in the Savi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsaber Experience. It is also important to note that those with reservations are only permitted to bring one additional guest into the workshop and at least one person in the party must be 14 years or older.

The Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations on the other hand is great for any age! Disney does not provide any age recommendations for this custom lightsaber experience and it is very well suited for your youngest or even oldest travelers.

WHICH LIGHTSABER BUILDING EXPERIENCE IS BETTER?

It’s hard not to enjoy building your own lightsaber if you’re a Star Wars fan, but there are some things to consider if you’re trying to decide which is best for you and your family. You’ll want to take into account the cost, how old your Star Wars fan is, how you intend to use the lightsaber, and what you’re hoping to get out of the experience. These factors can really impact how satisfied you’ll be!

Savi’s Workshop is an immersive experience that is a must-do for the biggest fans of the franchise. It is recommended that the builder be at least 5 years or older, so your very little Jedi likely won’t enjoy this one as much. It’s also important to note that the lightsaber you build here is much higher quality, with pieces that are made out of metal to give it a more authentic lightsaber feel. Due to this, you’ll walk away with a highly realistic lightsaber. So, while it may be the priciest way to get a custom lightsaber, it’s the experience and quality that really sells Savi’s Workshop.

Build Your Own Lightsaber Stations are much less of an immersive experience and are located in Star Wars-themed gift shops. The pieces are made of plastic, so the lightsaber that you receive from the experience is lower quality than that of Savi’s Workshop. However, if you’ve got little kids who will be using the lightsaber for playtime, this may be the better experience to choose. The lightsabers are also significantly cheaper and any Star Wars fan is sure to still have a ton of fun building them!

WHAT IF MY LIGHTSABER BREAKS WHEN I GET HOME?

Disney no longer sells replacement parts for lightsabers at stores or online. However, if your lightsaber from Savi’s Workshop does happen to break, you can contact Disney by emailing Merchandise.Guest.Services@DisneyParks.com. Additionally, replacement parts can be purchased on several third-party sites, like Etsy or eBay.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER CUSTOM STAR WARS EXPERIENCES IN DISNEY WORLD?

In addition to building your own lightsaber at any of these three locations, you can find a few more custom experiences in the theme park! For example, you can build a custom droid at Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Or, you can select a legacy lightsaber hilt at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and attach the blade that you received at Savi’s Workshop to it. 

If you’re not familiar, legacy lightsabers are replicas of popular characters’ lightsabers in the Star Wars movies. So, you’ll experience what it’s really like to be Luke Skywalker (or another fan-favorite character) if you purchase one!

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